Undergraduate Admissions

Financial and Visa Information

Financial documents and visa documents are not considered during the admissions process. Please DO NOT send financial and visa documents until you are contacted by the Office of Global Programs. Any financial and visa documents received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office will be discarded.

Financial Information

Because Penn State cannot offer financial assistance to undergraduate students from other countries, an international applicant must certify that sufficient resources are available to cover expenses for the first calendar year at Penn State, exclusive of travel expenses. You must also indicate how you will meet your expenses for subsequent years. Tuition and some fees will vary depending on the campus and major to which you have been admitted. Cost typically increase each year. The actual financial guarantee requirement and estimated costs of attendance are available from the Office of Global Programs' Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) You can also contact DISSA via e-mail at international@psu.edu.

Penn State Tuition and Cost

Cost other than Tuition and Fees

On-campus housing is guaranteed for first-year students enrolling at Penn State University Park. Advanced standing students and all other students enrolling at campuses other than University Park will be considered for on-campus housing on a space-available basis. Please see Housing, Food Services and Residence Life for more information about on-campus housing options and costs, and individual campus housing web pages for more information about off-campus housing.

Mandatory Medical Insurance
Sickness and accident medical/hospital insurance that meets guidelines established by Penn State is mandatory for all incoming international students and accompanying dependents (spouse and/or dependents) during their entire program of study at Penn State. Students who do not abide by this requirement will not be allowed to continue registration. This requirement can be met in one of two ways: through the purchase of the Penn State sickness and accident insurance policy; or through an insurance waiver issued by the Student Insurance Office upon presentation of proof of adequate medical insurance that meets all insurance waiver standards. Specific information is available through the Student Insurance Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 302 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802 USA.


Students accompanied by dependents (spouse and/or children) will be fully responsible for their support, and additional funds are required. Please contact DISSA for specific costs.

Issuing of Visa Documents

Once you have received an offer of admission from Penn State and paid your acceptance fees, the Directorate of International Student Advising will start a file for issuing the appropriate visa eligibility document.